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Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird:
The Triumph of Family Values

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Lady Bird
Written & Directed by Greta Gerwig
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, & Lois Smith
2017

The Guardian has described Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, as an “antidote to Trump culture.” Read more …

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M. Night Shyamalan’s Flawed Masterpiece The Village

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The Village
Written & Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Music by James Newton Howard
Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Brendon Gleeson, Cherry Jones, Sigourney Weaver, et al.
2004

Audiences and critics left theaters showing M. Night Shyamalan’s film The Village (2004) disappointed, polarized, or uncertain of this flawed masterpiece. Read more …

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Counter-Currents Radio Weekly:
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

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The Philosophy of Death Wish:
A Metapolitical Work of Influence

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Death Wish
Directed by Michael Winner
Screenplay by Wendell Mayes
Starring Charles Bronson, Hope Lange, Stuart Margolin
1974

“The movie has an eerie kind of fascination, even though its message is scary.”–Roger Ebert

The 1974 film Death Wish, starring Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey, is a cultural force. Read more …

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He Was Just About . . . to Turn His Life Around!
Menace II Society & the Culmination of African Liberation

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Menace II Society
Directed by Allen & Albert Hughes
Starring Tyrin Turner, Jada Pinkett, Bill Duke, Larenz Tate, & Charles S. Dutton
1993

Although the Oscar Winner for Best Picture that year was an escapist, integrationalist Western called Unforgiven, Menace II Society was quite possibly the most culturally impactful movie of 1993. Read more …

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War for the Planet of the Apes

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War for the Planet of the Apes is the third film of the rebooted series and one of the best. With its austere visual palette and dark tonal mood it could so easily have been a flawless masterpiece. Unfortunately, a couple of trivial missteps get in the way of its overall quality and undermine the film’s otherwise brutal solemnity.

War begins 15 years after the simian flu outbreak that wiped out much of the human species. Read more …

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The Bad War—in Black & White

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The Victors
Directed by Carl Foreman
Starring George Hamilton, George Peppard, Eli Wallach, et al.
1963

In American culture today, there is a sticky-sweet worship of veterans that is about as enjoyable to experience as stepping barefoot on the dried-up syrup from a spilled soda pop on the concrete surface of a rundown public pool. The worst of this veteran worship involves the veneration of veterans of World War II. Read more …

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Love & Death in the Sudetenland: The Golden City

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Die goldene Stadt
Directed by Veit Harlan
Starring Kristina Söderbaum, Eugen Klöpfer, Rudolf Prack, & Paul Klinger
1942

Die goldene Stadt (The Golden City) premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1942, where it won the Best Actress award as well as a special award for direction. It was an enormous commercial and critical success across a Europe that was undergoing the most brutal war in its history. Read more …

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The Lodestar Films of the Baby Boomer Right:
The Francis Schaeffer Movies

Francis Schaeffer

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Whatever Happened to the Human Race?
Directed & produced by Franky Schaeffer
Starring C. Everett Koop & Francis Schaeffer
1979

How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
Directed by John Gonser, produced by Franky Schaeffer
Starring Francis Schaeffer
1976 Read more …

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance:
An Analogy of Hawaiian Statehood

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Directed by John Ford
Starring James Stewart, John Wayne, Lee Marvin, & Vera Miles
1962

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a classic film of the Western genre. It stars John Wayne as the strong, silent type rancher Tom Doniphan, James Stewart as the bookish East Coast lawyer Ransom Stoddard Read more …

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